What Are The Possible Causes Of High Motorcycle Accident Statistics?
According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths due to motorcycle crashes reached an all-time-high in 2008, doubling between the years of 1999 and 2008. This and many other alarming motorcycle accident statistics show the high number of deaths and injuries these crashes have caused in the past and continue to cause each day. One might ask, what are the causes of such an increase in motorcycle accident deaths and injuries? Perhaps less than the danger of the motorcycle itself, this increase may be attributed to an increased number of motorcycles on the road today, as well as the lack of safety measures followed by both motorcycle operators and other vehicles on the road. Increasing safety may only be a matter of increasing awareness.
Impaired Driving Ability Due To Alcohol Consumption
When operating a motorcycle or any other motor vehicle, impaired judgment and ability are inseparably linked to driving under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substances. Motorcycle drivers should be responsible for their own sobriety while operating these vehicles, and perhaps, should even reach out to other motorcyclists about remaining sober while driving.
Lack Of Safe Head Protection
Safe head gear means not only wearing a helmet, but also ensuring that any passengers are also wearing protective head gear. All helmets should be DOT approved. Proper helmets have been tested and proven to significantly reduce the amount of head injuries received by individuals in motorcycle accidents. If a helmet has been in a previous accident, it may no longer offer the right amount of protection to drivers and passengers on motorcycles.
Driving At Unsafe Speeds Or In Hazardous Conditions
For both motorcycle and other motor vehicle operators on the road, obeying all traffic laws and set speed limits is the first step to reducing the alarming number of motorcyclist deaths and injuries each year. By obeying traffic rules and speed limits, safer driving practices can be implemented to better protect all drivers on the road. Motorcycle operators should also be weary of driving in unsafe conditions such as on slick roads or on unpaved or gravely paths. Improving motorcycle accident statistics is up to both motorcyclists and non-motorcyclists alike. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, however, it is a good idea to speak with an experienced attorney. Call 303-447-1144 today to schedule your FREE consultation with a motorcycle accident lawyer at Sloat & Nicholson, P.C.
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